D.C – The District
As permitted by the U.S Constitution, Washington is the capital of the United States. Named after one of the former presidents George Washington, the city was founded in 1791. In 2011, the population of the city was at 617,996 and it was the 24th most populated area in the United States. During the workweek, the city usually is buzzing with activity and the population can rise up to more than one million. The entire metropolitan area has a population of close to 5.6 million and this makes it the seventh-largest metropolitan area in the United States. The district is home to the three branches of the United States federal government. This district is also home to many of the country’s museums and monuments as well as 176 embassies.
Companies that have headquarters in this city include the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Bank, the Organization of American States (OAS), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the Inter-American Development Bank. The city is home to a number of historic sites as well as museums for instance the Lincoln Memorial had over six million, the Smithsonian Institution which operates 19 museums and the National Zoo, all of which are actually free to the public and the National Archives among others. The city is also a center for performing arts in the United States and it is home to places like the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on the Potomac River, the Mural of Duke Ellington on U Street, the U Street Corridor in Northwest D.C. which is also known as “Black Broadway”. In terms of the media, the city is a very prominent center for both local and national media as well as international media. The oldest of the media houses is The Washington Post which was founded in 1877. The education, sports and transport of the city are quite well developed and have over the years made the city emerge as a very significant city in United States.